Mini Chicken Pot Pies

I recently saw a recipe on Facebook for what they called Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes. Tonight I decided to test my own version on the kids!

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, chopped into small pieces, saut√©ed with a drizzle of olive oil and a touch of salt and pepper
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 6 baby new potatoes boiled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 box of puff pastry defrosted

I used my muffin pan, sprayed it with some pam, stretched out the puff pastry a bit more to make it a bit thinner. I cut 6 large round circles and lined each holder with it.

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In a bowl, mix the chopped chicken, chopped potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, chopped chives and cayenne pepper.

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I filled each holder to the top with the mixture and then cut some cute little hearts out of the left over pastry which I placed on top of each one.

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Bake in a 400 Deg F oven for 25 minutes.

I am pleased to report that they turned out pretty darn good, kids polished them all off ūüôā

Cheers to a successful dinner…. ‚̧

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Lamb Lovers

Lamb, what can I say. This is the one meat that my family cannot get enough of.

It’s for sure our favourite meat¬†for all occasions. During the holidays everyone has turkey, we have a lovely roasted leg of lamb full off garlic, rosemary and lemon, we love lamb curry (korma, rogan josh, masala), lamb kebabs, lamb steaks, lamb ribs norwegian style (Pinnekjott),¬†Fenal√•r (norwegian salted dried cured leg of lamb) the list goes on and on.

Tonight we are having lamb meatballs. Each little meatball is bursting with ¬†flavour which makes each bite,¬†the best bite ever ūüôā

Coming from an Italian/Belgium family, you would have thought that I would love a good Italian meatball, but for some reason, I never really liked them….. I guess its just a matter of taste. But give me an Asian style, Middle Eastern Style, Greek, Turkish meatball and then you’ve got my attention!

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To make my meatballs today I used the following ingredients:

  • juice of half lemon
  • 1lb lamb mince
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • a handful of¬†fresh coriander leaves (washed and chopped)
  • 4 ¬†garlic cloves
  • 2 chai red chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper
  • ¬Ĺ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp salt

Now the simple part. First mix the mince lamb with 2 tbsp of lemon juice and put it to the side. In a food processor, blend the rest of the ingredients till you get a nice runny paste.

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Add paste to the lamb and mix until everything has blended in nicely. Then roll into small size meatballs, brush with a little bit of olive oil and grill for 5 minutes on each side. Today I used the broiler on high instead of grilling and they turned out very nice.

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And there we have it, another dinner is served, this time round I served the Lamb Meatballs with a lovely blend of Quinoa and Brown rice, seasoned with cilantro¬†and lemon ‚̧

Cooking on the run……..helps to be prepared!

Once again I got back home later than usual to a ravenously hungry teenage child!

One thing that always saves me big time is having semi prepared meals in hand so that I can have a full dinner at the table within 30 minutes of walking into the house. Big thanks to my mum and dad for bringing me up with those habits!

Tonights simple dinner consisted of:

  • Oven baked breaded Chicken
  • Garlic, Parmesan Oregano Biscuits
  • Annatto & Cilantro Rice

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A friend who doesn’t particularly like cooking said that there is no way that the above is a simple quick dinner and I managed to prove her wrong by:

  • Having the chicken cutlets ready breaded in the fridge (had prepared them a few weeks ago and kept them in the freezer and just took them out this morning). Placed them in a 350 deg oven for 20 minutes together with…..
  • I had a can of Pillsbury Biscuits in the fridge which I placed on a baking sheet, sprinkled some garlic powder, oregano and parmesan cheese on them and placed them in the oven at the same time as the chicken for 20 minutes.
  • Put the rice on (drizzle of coconut oil, 2 cups of rice, 3 cups of water, salt and seasoning) as soon as I walked in through the door. (the¬†seasoning consisted of ¬†a package of Badia Sazon Tropical.

Like magic, all 3 items were ready at the same time and exactly 30 minutes after I walked in, dinner was on the table!

I love putting attention to detail on how I plate dinner and my kids get a kick out of it and know not to touch the plate till “Mama takes her picture”!

Dinner has been served……:-)

PS: Someone who’s name I won’t mention is also getting a packed lunch out of this!

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